July 23, 2020
Romans 8:26-32… “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” vs. 26
There are times when prayer seems easy. We know exactly what is on our minds and find no difficulty in laying out our petitions of joy and thanksgiving, while also letting God know what we’d like to have happen. But on other occasions prayer gets more difficult. We have things that lay heavy on our hearts and it’s hard to find the words to express what we’re feeling. Or it may be that the problems of this world are just too overwhelming. We know there are people suffering all over the globe and we’re aware of the tension and despair that grips the hearts of many, but we can’t even articulate what we’d like to have happen. We can mention the names of family and friends and ask for God’s blessing and support in their lives. We know folks who need healing and comfort. But beyond the litany of names there are deep and profound needs, and our minds draw a blank. Any words that we say seem shallow and inadequate. Our thoughts race as our tongues search for the words. Sometimes the best we can do is breathe deep sighs…and try to hold back the tears. Paul knew that feeling, and he assures his readers that the Spirit connects us with God even in our silent sighs. Our most profound prayers do not require words.
Thought for the Day: When do words fail me in my prayers?